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May at Yosemite: Mondo Waterfall Wow

The "peak" moment for allllll of that H2O to come down is coming up as fast as droplets fall over the side of a mountain.



    May at Yosemite: Mondo Waterfall Wow
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    Springtime is "fall" time in Yosemite Valley, or at least the moment when waterfalls hit their peaks.

    WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING, wherever you are, whatever you're eating, whatever you're watching, whatever errand you're running, whatever phone call you're making, you can be assured of this: Something sweet and wonderful is currently on the move in Yosemite. It might be the rustling branches of a tall tree, moved by the wind, or it might be a little bird scurrying through the brush. Perhaps it is one of the national park's black bears — there, is in fact, a new site that tracks these furry fellows (and advises we humans on how to help keep them safe) — or perhaps the moving thing is a leaf floating along the Merced River. And if it is May, or June, the moving thing might be a water droplet falling over the side of a way-high ledge at Ribbon Fall. In fact, of all the moving things at the beloved, Sierra-based national park, drops of water in a waterfall might be the most plentiful, giving the mega amounts of H2O that plunge over the sides of mountains near Yosemite Valley. And those mega amounts get the most mega, if we might phrase it that way, when May happens. And, spoiler alert, as of this typing...

    MAY WILL SOON HAPPEN, meaning waterfall fans will be heading to Ribbon Fall and Bridalveil Fall and Nevada Fall and, holler, Yosemite Falls to watch the powerful springtime show. A show that's certainly being enhanced in the spring of 2017, thanks to all of snowflakes that feel in the upper reaches of California over the winter. Which begs the question: Are there more snowflakes in the Sierra Nevada or drops of water in a Yosemite National Park? Discuss/bicker/ponder with your nature-loving BFF. When you're done pondering, study up on...

    WHEN AND WHERE THE FALLS... will do their fierce, rainbows-in-the-spray stuff. Sentinel Falls sees a start around March, per the National Park Service page, while Bridalveil Fall keeps it rocking throughout the calendar (though May is "peak"). Horsetail Fall is, you guessed it, a wintertime favorite, with a cold-weather run that hits its zenith with that late-February "fire" show at sunset. But numerous other water-droppers around the valley will be waterfalling their collective hearts out as May approaches, and even beyond. Know your falls? We know you do, but you can brush up here.